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July 19, 2006

ANN Special Feature: AFRL's Stephen Hanna on The Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator Engine 07.20.06

It's a team effort with a lot of players... the first really new design in rocket motors in more than 30-years. In fact... it's the only multi-stage rocket motor now being developed in the US... th

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OSH Special Feature: The Newsiest AirVenture Ever 07.20.06

AirVenture 2006 will prove to be the most news-laden event ever, with announcements from Cessna, Garmin, Eclipse and several other manufacturers. Pete Combs and Jim Campbell talk about the flood of

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ANN Daily Touch and Go: 07.20.06

Did lightning play a role in the crash of a Baron in Louisiana?

The NTSB calls for a fix to the FAA's MSAW warning system...

And just why did the lights go out at the LA ARTCC Tuesd

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.20.06

Did lightning play a role in the crash of a Baron in Louisiana?

The NTSB calls for a fix to the FAA's MSAW warning system...

And just why did the lights go out at the LA ARTCC Tuesd

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3026 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 4:51 UTC Location: Topaz, California near SQUAW VALLEY VOR/DME (SWR) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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WY TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3242 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Location: Edgerton, Wyoming near MUDDY MOUNTAIN VORTAC (DDY) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3221 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 16:13 UTC Location: 27 Miles North of Billings, Montana near BILLINGS VORTAC (BIL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3105 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 20:03 UTC Location: St John and Rush Valley, Utah near FAIRFIELD VORTAC (FFU) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3219 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 16:07 UTC Location: Skull Valley, Utah near WASATCH VORTAC (TCH) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3146 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 1:53 UTC Location: 30 Miles East of Missoula, Montana near MISSOULA VOR/DME (MSO) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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WY TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3225 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 16:55 UTC Location: Douglas, Wyoming near HIPSHER VOR/DME (IIP) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3141 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 1:19 UTC Location: South East of Kanosh, Utah near DELTA VORTAC (DTA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3133 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 23:16 UTC Location: 16 Miles South of Show Low, Arizona near ST JOHNS VORTAC (SJN) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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CO TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3194 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 15:15 UTC Location: Cortez, Colorado near CORTEZ VOR/DME (CEZ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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NV TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3254 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 21:28 UTC Location: Mormon Mesa, Nevada near MORMON MESA VORTAC (MMM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3142 Issue Date: July 19, 2006 at 1:21 UTC Location: 5 Miles South East of Oak City, Utah near DELTA VORTAC (DTA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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CO TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3053 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 15:06 UTC Location: Cortez, Colorado near CORTEZ VOR/DME (CEZ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3016 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 0:56 UTC Location: 20 Nautical Miles North East of McCall, Idaho near DONNELLY VORTAC (DNJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3103 Issue Date: July 18, 2006 at 19:54 UTC Location: 22 Nautical Miles South of Cedar City, Utah near ST GEORGE VOR/DME (OZN) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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Garmin Unveils Its Latest Gadget: The Portable GPSMAP 496

Includes SafeTaxi, Smart Airspace, And AOPA Airport Directory

We promised our readers some BIG avionics news today... and seldom does it get bigger than this.Garmin International told Aero-News FIRST Thursday (we love saying that...) about its latest cool and useful gadget -- the GPSMAP 496, a full-color, portable aviation device that expands on the GPSMAP 396's features.

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Northwest, AFA Reach Tentative Agreement

Voting Expected By July 31

Will this be the contract that sticks? We'll soon see... as flight attendants at Northwest Airlines tentatively agreed this week to yet another new contract with the embattled carrier.

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Sonex Aircraft Announces Sonex Education Initiative

To Be Introduced In AirVenture 2006 Forum

Aero-News has learned that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 will mark the official launch of the Sonex Education Initiative. The Education Initiative represents an investment into the future of both recreational and professional aviation.

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Power Outage Grounds Flights In SoCal

The Night The Lights Went Out In L.A.

Were you stuck on the ground Tuesday evening, unable to depart from a California airport? If so, you weren't alone... as a power outage at the FAA's Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale meant nearly all air traffic around Los Angeles -- and as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area -- was grounded for as much as 90 minutes.

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Sikorsky S-92 Fleet Reaches 20,000 Flight Hour Milestone

Also Celebrates 100th S-76 Airframe Delivered By Aero Vodochody

At the 2006 Farnborough International Air Show, Sikorsky Aircraft announced its S-92 helicopter continues to perform at an impressive operational tempo with the fleet recently passing 20,000 total flight hours.

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BTS Releases May Passenger Airline Employment Data

May 2006 Employment Down 5.0 Percent from May 2005

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.0 percent fewer workers in May 2006 than in May 2005, the 17th consecutive month that full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers declined compared to the same month of the previous year, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday.

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Boeing Raking In Orders At Farnborough

New Deals From ILFC, Pegasus, Flyington Freighters

Building on Monday's announcement of orders from Lion Air and LoadAir Cargo -- for 737-900s and 747-200Fs, respectively -- Boeing continues its order onslaught at Farnborough 2006.

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Libya Returns To The Commercial Aviation Scene In A Big Way

Afriqiyah Airways Orders A320s, A330s

At this week's Farnborough International Air Show, Airbus announced that Libya's Afriqiyah Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of six A320 and three A319 airliners, as well as an option on five more of that family. Afriqiyah also ordered A330-200s, plus three options.

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Javelin Flies Higher, Faster After Improvements

Last month, Aero-News reported on a series of minor improvements Aviation Technology Group made to its Javelin two-place jet... and on Wednesday, the company told ANN the changes appear to be yielding real benefits.

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F-16 Fighter Engages Terrorists

You Can Probably Guess How It Turned Out...

US Central Command Air Forces officials told Aero-News Wednesday a US Air Force F-16 fighter -- providing nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to coalition ground forces -- killed a member of an improvised explosive device cell and identified an IED emplacement Tuesday near Baqubah, Iraq.

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HKS Engine Approved For LSA

New Option For Powered 'Chutes, Trikes

HPower Ltd., the US distributor for the two-cylinder, four-stroke HKS 700E engine, told Aero-News this week the engine is in compliance with the ASTM consensus standard for light-sport aircraft engines.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.19.06

The Israel/ Hezbollah Situation In The Mideast; More On The Road To Oshkosh!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.19.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.19.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- An Iranian Connection In Lebanon?: 07.19.06 (ANN Special Feature, with John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org.) Read More

Voyager FPS and ANN Bring YOU The Weather In Oshkosh For Wednesday 07.19.06

As Provided By Seattle Avionics And ANN!

We're gonna help you to get to get to the fabled land of Oshkosh... with a little help from our friends!

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Baseball Team Rushed Off Plane

Luggage Loader Fire To Blame

And now to sports... where the Seattle Mariners were hot Sunday night.

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LA County To Outlaw Older, Noisier Planes At Van Nuys?

Business Leaders Fear Traffic Cuts At Busy GA Airport

City leaders in Los Angeles have resurrected an argument sure to raise the ire of some charter and corporate aviators. They're again proposing a ban on all Stage-2 aircraft -- unmodified jets built between 1965 and 1987.

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NASA Basks In Success Of Discovery Mission

And Readies For Atlantis In August

It's happy-happy joy-joy time at NASA... as astronauts, scientists, and engineers bask in the glow of a successful second return to flight.

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AirShares Elite New England Launches Training Programs

Recurrent, Instructor Courses Offered

AirShares Elite New England told Aero-News recently about new training programs for pilots in the AirShares Elite shared ownership program.

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Delta Connection Pilots Unite

Strength In Numbers

In the "us versus them" world of being a pilot for a Delta Air Lines subisidiary, the past few months haven't been easy -- as the bankrupt carrier has battled with all of its feeder operations in an effort to cut costs. Well, those pilots can rest a little easier today... because the "us" side of that equation appears to have gotten a lot stronger.

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Lawsuit Filed In Wright Amendment Compromise

Comes As Suburb Drops Its Objections To Deal

It was a case of one step forward, one step back this week for supporters of the agreement to end the fight over the Wright Amendment in North Texas... as a major victory was followed shortly afterward by a lawsuit.

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Varig Back On The Ropes

Faces Dissolution As Buyout Fails

Varig, Brazil's once stately flagship carrier, faces dissolution Wednesday... after creditors rejected an offer to buy the troubled airline for a half-billion dollars.

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Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2006 Staff

Say Hello To Hognose!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2006 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Fortunately, this year we'll have some help.

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Relax On AirVenture Grounds... Try RV'ing!

For Once, We're NOT Talking About Homebuilts

There's a popular option for staying at AirVenture that you may not have considered. It's clean, like most hotels, but may be more convenient than staying miles away from the AirVenture grounds. Try RV'ing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (07.19.06): Runway Visual Range

Aero-Tips!

RVR is the distance a pilot can see runway surface markings or lights when aligned with the runway centerline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

Can't get enough of that government stuff. Read the text of some of the bills put out there after 9-11. H.R. 4635, the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.19.06): Klyde Morris

Aero-Terms!

Aviation's only ant, appearing Monday and Friday in Aero-News.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.19.06)

"We all stopped, frankly, and said 'We're done. We did it.'"

Source: Astronaut Pier Sellers, describing the mood of the six crewmembers onboard the shuttle Discovery following Monday's safe return from their successful 13-day mission.

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